In Florida, we all become accustomed to dealing with humidity to certain point. However, our homes are not equipped to deal with such high levels of moisture. Humidity can slowly destroy the insides of our home, and even lead to some very serious health issues. Luckily, dehumidifiers offer a simple and effective solution to humidity woes.
What Is a Dehumidifier?
A dehumidifier works similarly to an air conditioner. It has a fan that pulls in the air, then exposes that air to both a hot and cold coil, simultaneously. This causes the moisture in the air to condense, and turn to water. That water is then either collected in a pan or directed out of the home through a pipe.
Unlike your AC, the dehumidifier does not send out cold air. Its only job is to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
Dehumidifiers can increase comfort and save you money.
Dangers of Not Having a Dehumidifier in Your Home
Moisture in the air isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, too little humidity can cause its own variety of problems. However, too much humidity can be a dangerous situation. In humid climates, mold starts to form. Mold in the home causes serious respiratory diseases and in extreme cases, death. Humidity will also damage your home’s furniture. Over time, damp air will start to warp your home’s furniture, floors, and fixtures:even dampen clothes.
Most noticeable, humidity will make your home feel hotter. This can lead to higher electricity bills and decreased home comfort.
How Do You Know If You Need a Dehumidifier?
Almost all homes in Florida need some kind of dehumidifier. That is why most air conditioners have them built in. However, sometimes, your AC might need a little extra help getting the moisture out of your air. Here are a few signs that you may need a dehumidifier:
– Condensation on the inside of your homes windows
– Mold spots on the ceiling, window seals and even the walls
– A musty or moldy smell, even noticeable on your clothes
– Home’s temperature always feels warmer than what the thermostat is set to
The most accurate way to know if you need a dehumidifier is by buying a hygrometer to measure the amount of moisture in the air. Generally, people feel most comfortable at 40% humidity. Once you start having over 60% humidity, the moisture in the air starts to become dangerous.
Get a Dehumidifier Today from Torocco’s
Just because we must endure with the humidity in Florida, doesn’t mean our homes should as well! If you suspect moisture is causing damage in your home, call Torocco’s Cooling and Heating today. Our experienced technicians are passionate about your home’s comfort. Contact us Today, and learn how a Torocco’s specialist can keep your home safe and dry.